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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2013
This flashlight is designed for "everyday carry" and it excels in that capacity. It will run on one CR123 or a rechargeable version (make sure that you get a "protected" rechargeable 16340). The flashlight has a red led emitter that flashes every couple of seconds, so if you drop it while camping or whatever, you will likely be able to locate it in the dark. Unbeknownst to the 2 star reviewer, if you turn the battery case tube 1/4 turn, the light still functions the same, but it turns off the red emitter (it will not flash every couple seconds, but works the same). You can use it with the red emitter on at night, so that your night vision isn't effected.

It has four brightness levels which are operated by the top switch (no hassle with twisty heads). When you put it on a level and use the back switch, it will remember that level when you turn the light off and back on (you won't have to cycle through the levels). It has an 'o' ring seal, so it won't take on water in a downpour. Some other features of note; it uses a spring, so that off size batteries work (rechargeables often vary slightly in size), the diagonal knurling on the grip is really nice, and it uses an LED, which won't burn out for about 20 years. However, the outstanding feature is that it has a double looped clip, which is screwed to the body, as opposed to a single direction clip or one that is clipped to the body). I can place the flashlight on something facing forwards or backwards with this clip. For example, I can put it on the bill of my ball cap and it functions like a very bright headlamp!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on November 22, 2013
Ok, I have owned it for a few months now. I always wait to write a review that way it will be more accurate and need less updates. I have to make a disclaimer. I bought the light out of fun. I own lights from just about all high end manufactures and even a few custom ones. I am a certified flashaholic. I likely own 50 plus lights total.
So, this one is unique in size and function and price. Most impressive to me is the throw. It has a great throw. It has a very deep reflector for a light this size. And it seems to be on par with the 280 lumen specs. Now, I use rechargeable batteries only. But it will work fine with a throw away CR123. Edit: It will work with a rechargeable (RCR123)
Here is a good link to more info on the batteries:[...]
FYI, when I use throw aways, I only use surefire batteries. I understand they will warranty any product damaged by their batteries. You can buy the throw away surefires for as cheap as $1.60 if you sign up at Surefire website and be patient.
Ok, the good. Size, weight, portability, features. If you like having a ton of features, this one seems to be packed for the money. The clip is sturdy as all get out. It is not a slip on type, rather it is screwed with 2 screws to the light.
The threads are square and that makes them smooth as silk. Many folks complain about the blinking red light (found by the Mode & On&Off button. That CAN be turned off 2 ways. One way is a programming through buttons (headache), other is lock out the tail cap. (lock out is performed by slightly unscrewing the tail cap to break the contact with the negative end of the battery, about 1/4 turn will do) I prefer to leave mine where the red indicator light is on. It has helped me many times. At first I hated it, now I love it.
Story time: I went camping on weekend, the first night after a few adult beverages, I unknowingly dropped the light in some tall grass. A few hrs later a woman showed up to my camper with the light and said, "is this yours?". I said, oh yes it is. How did you know. She saw something red blinking in the grass and went to check it out. She said she had seen the light blinking on my jacket earlier in the night. Talk about sold! Any other light would have been likely lost or stolen.
One other story: While duck hunting a few weeks back, we leave out early in the am, it was pitch dark and foggy. Our mud boat was in the main channel in the marsh and died. Of course the lights on the boat were out too. Nobody but me had a light. I keep it clipped to my jacket. I flipped it on and was able to keep the 10 or so departing boats from hitting us. So in a way you could say it saved our lives?? lol
The Cons:
The light control switches don't seem too sturdy. They do send a spare cover with the light. I think this would be the weak link in the light. So far mine has been perfect. But I still am a bit careful, and wouldn't get it wet on purpose. So, its not a diving light!!
Next is it is kinda hard to remember how to use the switches when your in a hurry. With some practice it becomes easy. Also I find the buttons kinda small to turn it on and off with thick gloves on. Still I was able to manage. The blinking red light will slowly drain on the battery. I would keep that in mind if you plan to store this like or keep it say in a glove box.
Closing: I would make this my light that I keep out in view and for quick reach. I now keep it on my night stand. The red light is a saint at night. It makes it so simple to find it when you wake in the middle of the night. The low mode is perfect for letting the dogs out or navigating the house and not disturbing others. My wife too has come to love the red light. This light can be turned on for map reading too. I use it on the red mode in the duck blind. Why not 5 stars? Well the switch seems like it could be a issue. The rest of the light is bullet proof.
Hope this review helps you a little. I would consider this one of my favorite lights. It has so many uses. Just keep in mind if you want to store it, lock out the tail cap to save the battery.
Your friends and family will be impressed with its output for sure. It blows away a 2 D cell LED mag light in all aspects.
Best of luck.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2012
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I am using Tenergy 123 batteries with this flashlight and 1. it is EXTREMELLY bright and 2. the batteries seem to last a while (~1 hour on high) which means the circuitry is really efficient. Highly recommend it !
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2013
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Im a self-proclaimed flashlight nut. After my less-than-a-month-old CountyComm AA Maratac flashlight fell apart, I read some favorable reviews of this EC1 and decided the price was right. Im glad I did.

This tiny guy throws a powerful adjustable beam, fits easily in my pocket with the rest of my EDC gear, and after a week of steady use still shows a nearly full charge.

It takes rechargable AND normal batteries, and is super easy to use. Thanks Nitecore!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 19, 2012
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This light exceeded my expectations. For something so small, oh boy is it bright! I love the indicator light. It is easy to finding I drop it outside in the woods. 280 lumens?!? Who would have thought you would get that from one little cr123 battery.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 8, 2013
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I'm a flashlight junkie and I love this little light. It's so tiny that it may be the perfect every day carry light. The 4 lumen setting is very good for navigating a dark house in the early morning and the high power setting lights up my whole backyard. The small red flashing LED light makes it easy to locate the light in the dark. This light is also very easy to use. It turns on with an on/off button and then you can select any of four light levels with the mode button. It doesn't get much easier than that. It also remembers the last setting when you turn it off. The two way carry clip allows you to carry it facing up or down and you can also use this two way clip feature on a hat for hands free use. It comes with a little nylon holster if you want to attach it to your belt. If you are looking for a compact EDC light this little unit is a good choice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is just a great little light. I use it all the time and keep finding more uses for it. The user interface with the membrane covered dual buttons may take a little time to get used to, especially if you're a guy with big hands and fingers as the buttons are rather small. I thought I wouldn't like it initially but then I learned to deal with the buttons. There's a certain skill to that but you'll learn it with a little effort.

This is one of the more feature packed everyday carry lights out there for those who like tons of features. The red LED is bright enough to read a map but without affecting your night vision, and the flashing LED can be helpful in locating it on your nightstand in the dark, or if you happen to drop it at night in a field or somewhere. Being able to use both CR123A and rechargeable RCR123A batteries is a plus. The square anodized threads are smooth as silk and the best I've seen.

Just be sure as with all lithium batteries that safety comes first and only buy the "double protected" ones from Nitecore, Surefire, Panasonic Orbtronics, or other reputable maker. Note many would not include the Ultrafire batteries in that list, although I have used the Ultrafires without a problem for a few things since they're so much cheaper. But remember, you get what you pay for, especially in these special batteries. Overall, a terrific little light and a real joy to own and use.

***Note on a battery issue. I bought two of the Nitecore RCR123A batteries and noticed something odd after putting them in this light. If I switch the light to turbo mode from high, there's a barely noticeable increase in brightness, whereas if I use the CR123A's or the Ultrafire RCR123A's the change to turbo mode is clearly noticeable visually. I don't know if that's because the Nitecore's are so much better than the other batteries that the high mode is almost as bright as turbo, or if the digital logic board (yes, these things have their own tiny logic boards) is having to actually regulate down the power for turbo mode on these high quality batteries. Maybe if there's a true flashaholic here who knows what's going on they'll comment on this. It's really not a problem; I'm just interested if there's an explanation.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2013
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has become my primary light....it's unbelievably handy. I have been keeping it with me at all times, in my pocket with my car key fob. I get to use it every day (and night) I put it on the night stand with my wallet and key fob etc. and I have gotten to use it almost every night just because it is so small and handy. As far as light output....wow!!! Run NITECORE RCR123A NL166 Rechargeable Batteries and this thing puts out (on Turbo mode) about the same as my LED Lenser T7!!! I can not say enough about this light, I can hardly wait to buy my next NITECORE product.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2013
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You know I don't understand how this light is only 280lm it seems closer to 500LM. Very good User interface and very bright and good throw for such a tiny light. 5 stars for sure
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2012
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I wanted a change from "twist" switches and "clicky" mechanical button switches. The electronic switch is a winner. A bright and effective design. Can't go wrong with this single cell 123 flashlight.
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